Week 46: Feeling like I am rushing

I have tried to write for two hours a day, which has given me many ideas, enough to make the methodology section clearer and to write the outlines and some sections of Chapter 2. I also had a Skype meeting with a Japanese scholar, in order to ask some technical questions on clinical practice. His […]

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Week 45: Non-productive

I hit a wall whenever I try to demonstrate that my methodology section meets my research objectives exactly. My supervisor has told me that this can be one of the biggest challenges for any researcher. That may be true. I need to overcome it before I kick off the main data collection in January, which […]

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Week 44: Initiated contact with participants

The biggest achievement from Week 44 was that I initiated contact with prospective participants of my research, and they all confirmed their willingness to take part in it! On 1st November, when I started sending emails to the participants, I was already a bit nervous and uneasy, because I can only obtain the data with […]

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Week 43: Feeling restored and ‘Back to the Future’

I caught a cold and was sick for the entire week. They say that catching a cold is a sign that you need to rest. I am eventually feeling much better after sleeping a lot during the week. On Tuesday I had a supervision meeting for the first time in a month and gained some […]

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Week 42: Tidying Up – Dan Sha Ri

Week 42 has been very productive and this might be a great turning point for me, or a starting point. My achievements in Week 42: Completed a draft of my data analysis for the preliminary data, which looks a rich resource. Added a table of prospective participants, the amount of data and some descriptions of […]

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Week 41: My 38th Birthday

I met some PhD colleagues around my desk for the first time since I moved into the office in April. Talking with colleagues and having lunch or coffee with someone on campus is mentally healthy for us, because we tend to work alone for long hours, and our way of life tends to be isolating, […]

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